Aufheben 10 (2002)

'Anti-Capitalism' as Ideology ...and as Movement?
The recent series of international Summit mobilizations have been referred to by some as a 'movement', and have often been treated by the state as a unitary entity. Yet the 'movement' has little existence outside the mobilizations, and is riven with internal contradictions. If anything, it is a political rather than a social movement; as such the question of its ideology needs to be addressed. We analyse the relation to the mobilizations of four ideological tendencies that have become salient from the UK perspective: the progressive liberals, the established left, anarchist/black bloc and Ya Basta! We suggest that for the supposed 'anti-capitalist' mobilizations to become a proletarian movement, connections need to be made with the struggles of the wider proletariat.

Behind the Twenty-first Century Intifada
The current attempt by the USA to launch a global offensive against the 'Islamic terrorist threat' to the interests of western capital makes it essential for us to understand the US' role in the Middle East. Since the inception of the 'new world order' at the end of the Cold War, the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become crucial for US strategic imperatives. The answer to the Palestinian problem does not lie in support for oppressed nations' 'right of self-determination', or the call for a secular bi-national state. Both forms of nationalism, Zionist and Palestinian, arose out of the need to recuperate and repress the combativity of the proletariat.